by Mark Linnhoefer
A trial set in motion on Wednesday might cost multinational Apple an astonishing $400 million. The trial revolves around a patent claimed by the University of Wisconsin, which says that the tech-giant illegally used the patented chip-efficiency-improving technology.
The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation – WARF – filed suit against Apple for the use of the 1998 patent in January 2014.
U.S. District Judge William Conley set the maximum claim WARF can make to $862.4 million, rejecting a pre-trial request from Apple to limit the damages.
A Madison, Wisconsin, jury decided on Tuesday that Apple violated the patent and that the patent is valid. Apple continues to deny any such allegations, claiming that the patent is invalid. The trial is now heading to its damages phase.